DEVELOPING: At least 22 law enforcement recruits were injured, five critically, after they were hit by a man driving an SUV in Whittier, California Wednesday morning, Fox 11 reports.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recruits were on a morning run when they were struck by a 22-year-old driver going the wrong way, according to authorities.
The California Highway Patrol said the incident occurred around 6:30 a.m. local time.
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The driver was taken into custody with minor injuries as an investigation is ongoing.
Fourteen recruits suffered minor injuries, four had moderate injuries, and five were critically injured, LA County Fire officials report.
“I just felt sick. Here were all those recruits on their morning run who basically got plowed into in this driver,” LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn said. “We’re hoping they pull through.”
BREAKING: A vehicle struck 22 Los Angeles County sheriff’s recruits early this morning when they were on a training run. Police say the suspect, a 22-year-old Hispanic man, was detained at the scene. pic.twitter.com/FRR0DWmkx2— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) November 16, 2022
Driver plows into more than 20 law enforcement recruits; 11 in critical condition in California. Is this another case of “Defund the Police Terrorism”?— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) November 16, 2022
This is a developing story.